Multiple Organics Now Offers Chocolate Ingredients Made in Allergen-Free, Gluten-Free Facility

23 Sep

Today in the United States alone, more than 12 million people have food allergies, representing six to eight percent of children under the age of three and nearly four percent of adults. In addition, 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease and cannot eat gluten and many more have gluten or other food sensitivities. Avoiding these allergens is already challenging, but what makes it even more so is the fact that most products on the market—including chocolate—are usually processed in facilities that also process allergenic foods, leading to contamination.

To sweeten the options for those avoiding allergens, Multiple Organics, Inc. now offers USDA- and EU-certified organic chocolate ingredients that are made in a dedicated facility that does not process any major allergens including dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, wheat or other known sources of gluten such as barley, rye, oats and triticale. Produced by a family-owned cacao processer in the rainforests of South America, these single origin, premium organic chocolate ingredients range from chocolate chips and wafers to couvertures and cocoa powder (available in alkalized and non-alkalized “natural”). These products are also free of soy-lecithin, a common emulsifier used in the majority of chocolate products.

All of these chocolate ingredients are available as certified fair trade—another growing area of demand. Studies show that 78 percent of consumers who are aware of the fair trade claim have purchased fair trade certified products in the last year. Additionally, to support farming communities, Multiple Organics recently launched a program to provide solar powered lighting to many of its cacao farmers who live in remote areas of the Andes mountains with no access to electricity. Details on this project, set to be completed by the end of 2011, will be released soon.

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar
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